Michael had suffered six strokes.

He had to learn how to walk and sit up again. Now a year later, he is fully recovered. 

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Eric’s story isn’t uncommon.

When parents are tired and there is a change in routine, their subconscious takes over and can lead them to forgetting things, even their children.

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Michelle says people should try to understand and think before they speak.

"Put yourself in somebody else's place and imagine what they're going through. Or try."

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Eric still has trouble talking about what happened.

But he feels it is important to share his story to prevent it from happening to other parents and children. "The fact there's a story to tell is a blessing. Hopefully we can save some other parent from a similar circumstance."

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